Brent Stimmel
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Brent Stimmel

Oak Island, North Carolina, United States

Oak Island, North Carolina, United States
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"Stimmel Stimulation"

The Stimmel Stimulation:
Acoustic sounds mellow patrons at Front Street Brewery

By: Katherine Epstein

Brent Stimmel is a busy guy. His list of show dates in Wilmington could go on forever. But this busy guy happens to have a noteworthy voice that goes hand-in-hand with his guitar skills and a musical sound that in no way reflects his eventful life.

Originally out of Raleigh, Stimmel came to Wilmington to go to college and returned about a year or so ago after moving away. With his return to the Carolina coast, he brought more than just his suitcase and tax dollars. Stimmel brought his talent back to the area when he decided to pursue a career in music.

“I’ve been playing since I was about 14, but I never played for people in bars,” Stimmel says. “I love being able to make a living playing guitar, and I think it’s a good town for that.”
Stimmel plays solo shows around town, but, mainly, he performs with lead guitarist Mike Ruwe, an English professor at UNCW. They call themselves the Brent and Mike Duo.

I recently saw them play at Front Street Brewery, which Stimmel says is one of his favorite places to perform. They were joined by Estelle Collins, a fiddle player from Raleigh who sometimes plays with the duo. What I loved about seeing them at Front Street was the solid energy that they added to the experience. And when I say “energy,” I am not talking about hard-rock, get-up-in-front of the stage, hootin’-and-a-hollering energy. I am talking about calm, serene energy; the type of music I would want to hear while enjoying a freshly brew over dinner with my best friend (who couldn’t help but sing along to Stimmel’s songs; trust me, she never sings). His music was a perfect match for the setting.

Although Stimmel covers everything from Ben Harper to Sting, he also has recorded original songs, which prove his artistic ability. “Canon” sounds like it could be an additional track from a Jack Johnson album, while “You Ought to Know” could have been performed by The Eagles. What makes Stimmel’s songs compelling is the versatility from which they evolve. Sure, a million artists could cover Ben Harper and record songs like Jack Johnson, but none of Stimmel’s songs sound the same.

Whether it is original or a cover, his performance and recordings are not overdone like many artists who to try to hard to be “comparable.” Stimmel is matchless because, when you hear him play, you can tell a lot about him as a person; nothing about him or his music is fake or lofty. His desire to share his music and personality with his audience is the reason that he makes such a connection.
“This is what I would be doing at my house if I wasn’t doing it at a bar,” Stimmel comments. He will be returning with Rowe to Front Street Brewery on September 30, where you can enjoy the entertainment of a more mellow scene than what the streets of Riverfest may offer.

And if you can’t make it on the 30th, you can catch Stimmel play solo almost every Sunday at the Dixie Grill in downtown Wilmington at 10:30am. Or head to the Brewery every Tuesday, where he hosts Artist Oasis Open Mic, beginning at 7pm. Be sure to visit (www.brentstimmel.com for more information. - Encore Magazine


Discography

2005 Demo. Streaming tracks avalible at
http://www.brentstimmel.com

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